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Early Pregnancy Symptoms and Big Fat Positives


Are you employing "Assisted Reproductive Technology" to achieve your BFP? If so, this is where you'll find the success stories of women in your same situation.

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IVF Success ~ Emotional Rollercoaster

This was my 2nd IVF attempt after 3 years of trying to conceive going through: IUI's, fibroid removal surgery, a zillion shots and tears! Husband has no issues and we are both 37 years old. This is secondary, unexplained infertility. We have a 5yr old who was conceived within one month of trying!

5/31- retrieved 14 eggs
6/3- transferred three 8 cell embryos with little fragmentation (had difficult healing time. lots of pain and bloating from retrieval.)

The week following transfer was horrible for me. I was uncomfortable from the procedures themselves and horribly moody from progesterone shots. I proceeded to have cramps off and on and felt EXACTLY like period was coming, which left me devastated.

7 days past transfer- positive early response test (ClearBlue Easy Digital)- shocked and in denial- had HORRIBLE diarrhea that night. For next several days, I continue to take positive tests! Also had tons of "activity" in uterine area- twinges, gurgling, crampish feeling, but not period-like anymore.

11 days past transfer- BETA 96
15 days past transfer- BETA 520!- so relieved that the levels rose. I go for ultrasound this weekend! Dying to know how many we have growing!

The IVF road is such an emotional rollercoaster that cannot be understood by anyone unless they have gone through it. It has been torture for me and put a real damper on my marriage. However, the outcome is now positive and I am beyond thankful. I give myself credit for enduring and I know my new baby (ies) will be worth it!


I am a surrogate, so donor eggs were used. I had different early symptoms this pregnancy, so I thought I would share!
day of transfer: mild cramping
1dp3dt: mild cramping
2dp3dt: nauseous all day, no appetite
3dp3dt: boobs HURT - don't hug me or run into me! Nausea on and off all day, no appetite, "bubble gut"
4dp3dt: wicked cramps starting at night, I don't get af cramps, so all I can compare them to are early labor contractions. Boobs hurt on inside (not nipple), low energy, bubble gut, veins across chest very noticeable
5dp3dt: painful cramps continue all day, tapering off at night with milder ones and some pinching - was getting a few every couple minutes, sore boobs, bubble gut, craved garlic bread lol
6dp3dt: bfn in am ($ tree test), mild cramps, hungry, very thirsty (for juice or water only), light-headed, diarrhea, very faint bfp @ 2pm ($ tree), faint bfp @ 7pm (FRER)
7dp3dt: faint bfp on $ tree and FRER - darker than last night, but still faint, diarrhea, sore boobs

I've never gotten a bfp this early (traditional conception or ivf). My kids made me wait until at least 12dpo and my last ivf surrogacy was 2 days before beta.

quantitative blood test at 11dp3dt to confirm, ultrasound at 6 weeks to see how many (2 were transferred)!

IVF Pregnancy


I wanted to share my IVF pregnancy symptoms, mainly to help others as I know how difficult the TWW can be. I'm current 3+months pregnant.

Me: 2nd IVF attempt. 3 day ET, 2 embryos transferred.

On the day of ET I rested all day in bed, DH prepared dinner and I relaxed. I had read somewhere that walnuts and pineapple are good, as assist with implantation. I do not like walnuts so opted for Cashew nuts instead. I had 1 pack of nuts and 1 whole pineapple each day for the first 7 days of the TWW. After 7 days it is claimed implantation has occurred, everyone is different I guess.

Day 2 after embryo transfer I rested again. After this I became more mobile, but was on really light duties. I went back to work after 2 days and toook it very easy. I had a positive mental attitude about my 2nd IVF and read very little on the internet. Although I had found the following site which is pretty much all I referred to on a daily basis:

On day 4 or 5 I had a very sharp pain go from my vagina to the middle of my stomach. I thought wow that was really unusual and thought I better rest even more (still worked during the day) but in the evening came home and slept.

8 days after my 3dt I took a home pregnancy test and saw a very, very, very faint positive line. I tested everyday thereafter and the line got slightly darker each time. 11 days post ET we did a clear blue test which showed pregnant. On official test day we had the same.

So far the pregnancy has been going well and we feel like a miracle has happened.

My tips to share, rest for at least 2-3 days, then go back to normal (light duty) life...otherwise you will only sit and read too much online and not have a positive attitude. Also I think pineapple really helped (not juice but fresh pineapple), plus the nuts.

The sharp pain (like lightning strike in my stomach) was certainly the embryo implanting. I wish everyone the best of luck xx 

BFP TTC 3+ Years 1st IVF

OMG I have been such a lurker on this board and now get to share! I am 40 no issues other than aging eggs. I got married for the first time at 37 to my DH who has a partial spinal cord injury that lead to irradiating his jewels multiple times. He has low count, poor morphology. We started TTC 3 months before our wedding. We looked into fertility treatment 2 years ago. We were put in IUI with injectables as "a trial" before IVF because our insurance would pay for IUI but not IVF and they figured a trial to see how I responded would be helpful. Had 1st IVF egg retrieval on April 26th and transfer on April 30th.

On to the symptoms: I am super paranoid that the meds give so many symptoms that mimic pregnancy so I made careful notes with the IUI vs the IVF. While I had sore BB both times, it was worse this time, I had food aversions both times BFN: it was salty/sour and chocolate. This time it was almost everything but milk and cottage cheese. Last time I felt moody, this time no different. MAJOR Differences this time: cramping unlike any I get before AF, more to the front and low and major backaches that I do get with AF but sooner than I would for PMS. Crazy, vivid dreams--never about pregnancy just more detailed and vivid and sleep disturbance. Waking early and Cramping bad enough to wake me up. No spotting.

So The RE wanted me to do the Beta today--usual stat I get to the lab well before 8 and haven't heard a thing at 2 pm...the lab NEVER sent the results! Then my RE's office was CLOSED and of course the lab tech can't give results.

I had taken HPT with the IUI--all negative so I refused this time, but got home and took an "angry pee test" to try to get some answer. IT TURNED POSITIVE IN LESS THAN 10 SECONDS!!! I ran out to the kitchen without even buttoning my pants to show DH, who says "what does that mean?" LOL

Still at the beginning, but thrilled I can share my 2WW story with you. Hoping for sticky vibes and sending baby dust to all of you! 

BFP with FET and Prayer

Hi all, I am writing from Malaysia. Been following this website since last year! Promise myself that I
will surely contribute my stories when I get my BFP. We got married in 2007 and been ttc until we
tried IVF last year. Last year October I had my fresh cycle (IVF/ICSI) but sadly end with a chemical
pregnancy with beta at 37.

After 6 month of resting, I finally get the courage to move to FET with only 3 embryos left.
Financially and mentally was all stress because if this FET doesn't work, we won't be able to afford
any treatment in the next few months or even years. Let's cut my story short. I didn't write down
anything during my 2ww but below are the symptoms that lead to my BFP.

-cramps.. lots of cramps(all kinds) from the moment I return from hospital until the day I did my
beta blood test.
-rapid heartbeat - I can feel my heart beat... seriously..(these happen in second week)
-vivid dreams-- yes.. some I still remember until today.
-watery mucus mid of 2ww and cm at the end of 2ww.
-restless leg... I feel like chopping them off..
-emotional - so emotionally that I broke down and cried so many times... (talking on the phone,
sending msg to friends and even watching tv, I seems to cry about everything)
-no sore bb but bb definitely went rounder a bigger a bit
-sleep - I either have some really good sleep or some really disturb ones
-sensitive to smell.. I can smell my pee which was gross..

Above are the symptoms I went thru the 2ww and hope it helps. And I also pray a lot. Thank God
for the BFP and wishing everyone here all the best!!! 

Positive HPT at 11dpo with IVF

I am 29 and my husband is 39. We started TTC when I was 27 and I had two ectopics within 12
months, one in each tube. With the second one they removed my right tube. We started our first IVF
cycle three months after my surgery. I am now 11dpo (counting the day of embryo transfer as 5dpo)
and had first positive HPT.

We harvested 11 embryos. All of them were mature. ICSI was not needed because my husband's
stats looked good. 9 embryos fertilized. At Day 5 we had two Grade A blastocysts and three
A- blastocysts.

The doc recommended transferring only one embryo, but we decided to transfer both of the Grade
A blasts to maximize our chances...and also because we would love to have twins. This was a
really tough decision and I'm still not sure we did the right thing, given the potential for
complications with multiples.

5dpo to 9dpo had lots of AF-style cramping and was unusually hungry, but no other symptoms.

9dpo and 10dpo - BFN on HPT both mornings using Clear Blue Easy 5 Days Sooner digital. Cramps
decreasing in frequency and intensity. Crazy food cravings on evening of Day 10. Went to the store
at 10pm just to buy sweet pickles and started eating them out of the jar as soon as a got home.
Not sure if this is a symptom of the Progesterone suppositories or what.

11dpo - BFP on same brand of HPT. So relieved and excited. Still no other symptoms aside from
hunger and cravings and feeling generally bloated (though the boosting is probably just from eating
too much). So distracted I can't get anything done.

Beta is not until day after tomorrow. Here's hoping that this one sticks!! 

BFP After 12 Months

Hi. I have been following this website from Australia over the past 12 months. I am 36 yo, my partner 40. I was diagnosed with PCOS 6 years ago. Due to my age and the PCOS we consulted and IVF clinic after 5 months of trying on our own. After 7 Clomid cycles and one month out from commencing first round of IVF we finally have our first BFP at 16 DPO. What we did differently this month? Stopped temping and BD when we felt like it. Also took some time off from very stressful job. Symptoms? Usual AF headaches non existent. No pre AF spotting. Lots of discharge. Very very sore breasts. My 5 yo step daughter came up to me yday and said 'can I touch it' (referring to my tummy) and 'when is the baby coming?' I am only 4 1/2 weeks pg, not showing. Call it kids' intuition...! Baby dust to all x

Migraines, 6th Ivf, 4 Years TTC And Finally A BFP

I just got my BFP. To give everyone hope, I got the following symptoms in my 2ww, some of which may be due to the stimulation meds leaving my system and the considerable luteal support injections, tablets and immune support meds I am still on.

After embryo transfer:
3-4 days to current: lower abdomen cramps, radiating to the top thigh on left
4-5 days to current: sharp twinges around bladder and womb and ovary area, esp. when standing up
4-5 days and getting better: tearfulness, nervousness, on edge, early morning wakening.
5 days and slightly better now: severe migraines needing to go to bed and take analgesia
Also muscle tension, fatigue (can't lift my arms up for long) and hot flushes.

5 days and still: Uterus feels heavy and sore during bowel movements. Sore breasts.
10days on: dizziness when standing up.

No change in CM noted, no 'show', and no nausea.

On day 5, I really felt my AF was coming and was on symptom-watch due to so many years of wanting this dream. It just goes to show that in IVF our bodies are not under our control and so we cannot second guess the usual symptoms. Hang in there everyone and keep the faith.

BFP After 4 Years TTC

Its amazing how much comfort can be found in strangers. This site has been such a source of strength as I've waited to get my BFP for four years. Last week my happy ending resulted in a BFP.

My Story:
Husband (35) works great, I (34) have anovulation (lack of ovulation) + unknown other infertility. We TTC naturally for 2 years, 1 year slightly
guided by OBGyn. Last year we began infertility treatment.
3 IUIs w/clomid -BFN
3 IUI's w/injectables- BFN

Pretty much lost hope as doctors scratched their heads as to why I was not conceiving. Blood work confirmed that my blood contains 95% sperm antibodies which most likely explains past failures. We decided to try IVF in February. This is my first attempt at IVF. 16 eggs retrieved on 2/14, 15 matured, 12 fertilized through ICSI. 5 day transfer implanted 2 blastocysts, froze 5.

12DPO- very full feeling in lower abdomen, cramps but not painful, fleeting 13DPO- full feeling in abdomen, so tired fell asleep on couch in middle of day. Took HPT and very faint line appeared. Not sure if this is remains of trigger shot or BFP
14DPO- slightly queasy, sleepy in afternoon. Morning HPT is lighter line than day before. Afternoon HPT is as strong as test line. CELEBRATION!!
16DPO- Blood work confirms preggers
Symptoms through today at exactly 5 weeks- Slightly queasy, sleepy in afternoon, twinges in belly. None of my symptoms are particularly strong or noticeable. Happy beta numbers: 254, 515, 2014. First ultrasound end of this week.


I can't believe we finally got our BFP! Fingers crossed it sticks!! It has been a very long 18months for us ttc and we finally got our positive blood test today!

My husband has very poor morphology/ motility and there was basically no chance we would conceive naturally. This was our 2nd IVF cycle, our 1st IMSI ( last cycle was ICSI). We had a 1 blastocyst, day 5 transfer, so I'll start the symptoms there:

5dpo- 36.4, nothing out of the ordinary, still a bit sore from egg retrieval So drinking LOTS of water so basically going to the bathroom constantly the entire 2ww.
6dpo- 36.7, woke at 2am with sharp stabbing pains in my uterus area that lasted about 20sec, nothing like af pains, they completely took my breath away. Happened again about 1 pm and then again at about 10pm. Bbs getting big and sore. Diarrhea.
7dpo-37.0, hot flashes and bbs continue to grow, only sore on edges and sensitive nipples. Diarrhea again.
8dpo- 36.8, continue to feel hot with headaches on and off. More Diarrhea.
9dpo- 36.9, sharp shooting pains in my vagina! It happened twice during the day and they have continued much lighter on and off. Light dizziness when walking. Headaches. Now I'm constipated!!
10dpo- 36.9, hot flashes and dizziness when walking, headaches. Bbs still sensitive and sore. Still constipated!
11dpo- 36.9, headaches and dizziness when walking, starting to feel tired! Several bm's which is unusual.
12dpo- 36.8, headaches and dizziness when walking, really getting tired now. My heart races and I get out of breath climbing up 10 stairs! Not like me at all! Several bm's.
13dpo- 36.8, dizziness when walking, bbs no longer sore or sensitive unless I really push them..... Thought that symptoms going away must be a bad sign! Still getting exhausted with minimal activities. Tired early at night. Several bm's.
14dpo- 36.9, really lethargic all day, don't do very much but still slightly dizzy and light headed with movement. Several bm's.
15dpo- 36.8, tired early, starving when I went to bed after big dinner a couple of hours before. Light headedness. Several bm's. A little hint of nausea when hungry.
16dpo- 36.8, blood test hcg 248!! Can't believe it! I was actually shaking when the nurse told me!! Quite crampy and hungry today. Just a little bit of nausea when hungry.

Due 11th November! I hope its sticks for a happy and healthy baby! It just goes to prove you don't need a bbt that constantly rises, or symptoms that increase during the 2ww.....that surprised me because I thought I was out for those two reasons alone!

The best of luck to everybody trying!! I wish every one of you the happiness I'm feeling right now! I never thought we'd see this day!